The Sunroom Residency is a seasonal residency program in Detroit, MI, founded by Breanne Johnson and Raffa Reuther. Our aim is to support visiting artists by providing relatively inexpensive access to space, resources, and the necessary conditions for artists to spend generative time outside of their usual habitat and routine.

Season: Summer
Duration: 1 Month
Fee: $150

The resident will be provided a private room in a shared house, a shared bathroom, shared kitchen, and private studio (DIMS). Also available for use are a moderate sized garage space (inquire if interested in using this space), backyard, basic woodshop, dye studio, sewing and print-making studio, and shared home spaces including a living room and dining room. The house where the residency takes place is Breanne and Raffa’s home, and is thus a space where additional events may occur, like hosting guests or dinner parties. As a resident you will be invited to participate in these home activities, but of course are not required to. Occasionally Breanne will host bar nights in the garage and backyard space, which we will make sure any overlapping residents are aware of and consent to. Likewise, Raffa is a regular dogsitter, and often dogs will come stay in the house for periods of time. 

The House
Built in 1894, the house in Woodbridge Detroit is a historic home with many original details. It is a 3 floor house with a basement. Unfortunately it is not ADA accessible. From bottom to top it includes:

Basement - Woodshop (Breanne’s shared studio)
1st Floor - Shared living spaces, RAFFA showroom, Kitchen
2nd Floor - All bedrooms, shared bathroom, resident studio
3rd Floor - RAFFA shared sewing/printing studio and dye station

Detroit is home to many additional artist and industry resources including
Architectural Salvage Warehouse
Arts and Scraps
Ocelot Print Shop
Public Lumber

To be eligible for this residency artists must be at least 23 years old at the time of the residency and must have an established studio practice that they would like to devote this time to. 

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